Today, The Sidekicks share their new song and video “Weed Tent”. The song appears on the Ohio based band’s forthcoming album Happiness Hours, which is set for a May 18th release.
With its collage-like aesthetic, the “Weed Tent” video perfectly captures the playful yet piercing spirit of the song—a hooky piece of jangle-pop laced with falsetto vocals and sprawling guitar work.
Check out the video for “Weed Tent” now:
“Weed Tent” embodies the more purely melodic yet sonically complex sound of Happiness Hours, which is the fifth full-length from The Sidekicks. Produced, engineered, and mixed by John Agnello (Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr., Kurt Vile), the album ultimately “feels like a potential collection of singles, every one of them a pop song, every one of them meant to make you feel good,” as vocalist/guitarist Steve Ciolek notes.
This Thursday, The Sidekicks will kick off a tour of the Midwest and East Coast. Tickets for all dates are on sale now.
THE SIDEKICKS TOUR DATES:
May 17 Redford, MI – Andrew’s Basement
May 18 Chicago, IL – Subterranean
May 19 Columbus, OH – Ace of Cups
May 20 Cleveland, OH – Mahall’s 20 Lanes
May 22 Philadelphia, PA – Boot & Saddle
May 23 Brooklyn, NY – Alphaville
May 24 Boston, MA – Great Scott
May 25 Washington, DC – Black Cat Back Room
May 26 Cincinnati, OH – North Side Yacht Club
May 27 Pittsburgh, PA – Smiling Moose
Formed in Cleveland in 2006, The Sidekicks features Ciolek, drummer Matt Climer, guitarist/vocalist Toby Reif, and bassist Ryan Starinsky. The band made their debut with 2007’s So Long, Soggy Dog and followed the album with 2009’s similarly punk-influenced Weight of Air. After shifting to a more melody-driven dynamic with 2012’s Awkward Breeds, The Sidekicks fully showcased their tightly honed pop sensibilities on 2015’s Runners in the Nerved World. Produced by Phil Ek (The Black Angels, The Walkmen), Runners in the Nerved World drew praise from the likes of Pitchfork (who noted that the album “hearkens back to the widescreen indie rock of Built to Spill, the Shins, and Band of Horses”).